Standing tall and proud for over 130 years, placed directly at the end of a long drive up Central Ave in Morris Plains, New Jersey, stands Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. This beautiful treasure is currently being demolished.
Greystone’s doors opened on August 17th, 1876 and closed in 2008.
Greystone is one of New Jersey’s Kirkbride buildings. She had the largest foundation of any building in the United States until the Pentagon was completed in the 1940s.
Thomas Story Kirkbride, pioneer of the Kirkbride plan, said, “There is no reason why an individual who has the misfortune to become insane, should, on that account, be deprived of any comfort or even luxury.”
Greystone was designed with the best intentions and although her past is dark, happy history isn’t the only history worth remembering.
I could go on forever about how incredible this place is. It is absolutely devastating to see it go.
Chris Christie has deprived many generations the privilege of visiting this historic landmark, a grand piece of the history of mental health. I truly feel sorry for those of you that were not able to see this beauty in person.
This is my favorite place in the entire world.